Fresh-caught Maine lobster might be a little more affordable this winter because the continued shutdown of the state’s shrimp season is keeping some lobstermen at sea deeper into the winter than usual.
Ocean temperatures have been higher than normal in the Gulf of Maine, creating worries among lobstermen that there could be a repeat of last spring’s early harvest that resulted in a market glut, a crash in the prices fishermen get and a blockade of Maine-caught lobsters in Canada.
No sooner had the town of Winthrop begun a long awaited project to reinforce Winthrop Beach, then Hurricane Sandy threatened the New England coastline.
When a 100-pound shipment of lobsters arrived at Bill Sarro’s seafood shop and restaurant last month, it contained six orange crustaceans that have been said to be a 1-in-10-million oddity.
A proposal to ban lobster fishing over a vast stretch of the East Coast has been killed after lobstermen said it would do “almost biblical” damage to the industry.